Department of Painting,
Printing plates as flexible media
Expanding the world of diverse innovative styles of expression
The art of printmaking involves plates made of wood, copper, aluminum or other materials, used as media for creating a wide range of expressions. The ukiyo-e had an enormous impact on Western art, and with remarkably developing techniques, Japanese wood-block prints are still highly valued today for their technical and expressive powers. At present, the largely extended concept of printmaking keeps expanding the world of diverse innovative styles of expression while interacting with other areas including that of media art. In order to respond to this actual situation, the Printmaking Course teaches in an ample environment through both theoretical and practical exercise how to work with printing plates freely and at will, with the aim to foster creative individuals capable of working out new techniques and exciting styles.
The introductory first and second year courses focus on the acquisition of fundamental skills based on an understanding of the construction of printing plates. While developing inventiveness based on printing systems and scientific knowledge, students comprehensively master basic techniques by completing concrete assignments. In the specializes courses in the third and fourth year, students develop their own individual styles while acquiring advanced technical skills and knowledge working with a plate type of their choice.
Prospects after graduation
The diverse career options include becoming an artist or instructor, continuing studies at a graduate school, studying abroad, or joining a company. Many graduates work as block-print artists, picture book authors or illustrators. Others choose to join a company, and utilize the free and flexible imagination cultivated in the Printmaking Course in a wide range of areas including games, animation, manga and character design among others.